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ATMA AND ANALEKTA RELEASE THREE CD
WITH THE MUSIC OF OLIVIER MESSIAEN



 

Olivier Messiaen
Chants de terre et de ciel
Laura Andriani (violon)
Robert Kortgaard (piano)
Suzie LeBlanc (voix)
Lawrence Wiliford (ténor)
ATMA ACD22564

TROIS MÉLODIES
Pourquoi 2:18
Le sourire 1:47
La fiancée perdue 2:43

LA MORT DU NOMBRE 9:18

VOCALISE 4:01

CHANTS DE TERRE ET DE CIEL
Bail avec Mi 3:25
Antienne du silence 2:06
Danse du bébé-pilule 6:04
Arc-en-ciel d'innocence 5:07
Minuit pile et face 5:20
Résurrection 4:36

THÈME ET VARIATIONS pour
VIOLON et PIANO 8:26


 

Olivier Messiaen
Fête des belles eaux
Ensemble d'Ondes de Montréal
Louise Bessette (piano)
ATMA ACD22621

FETE DES BELLES EAUX
Premières fusées 2:50
L'eau 3:01
Les fusées 1:16
L'eau 10:01
Les fusées 1:40
L'eau 9:27
Superposition de l'eau
et des fusées 1:48
Feu d'artifice final 5:19

FEUILLETS INÉDITS
Presque lent et berceur 1:59
Lent 2:31
Bien modéré 3:55
Lent 2:54

Maurice Ravel
QUATUOR À CORDES EN FA MAJEUR
1er mouv. : Allegro moderato 8:30

 

Olivier Messiaen
Les Oiseaux
Louise Bessette, piano
ANALEKTA  AN 2 9960


Cantéyodjayâ 12:38
Prélude 1954) 2:59
Petites esquisses d’oiseaux
I. Le rouge gorge 2:46
II. Le merle noir  2:22
III. Le rouge gorge 2:39
IV. La grive musicienne 2:18
V. Le rouge gorge 3:01
VI. L’alouette des champs 2:13
La fauvette des jardins 32:45


Listen to :
La grive musicienne



REMINDER :
VINGTS REGARDS SUR L'ENFANT JÉSUS
PERFORMED LIVE AT AUTOMNE MESSIAEN ON DECEMBER 10
AND ON ATMA CD WITH LOUISE BESSETTE



Olivier Messiaen
Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus
ATMA ACD22219

I. Regard du Père 8:47
II. Regard de l'étoile 3:08
III. L'échange 3:40
IV. Regard de la Vierge 5:40
V. Regard du Fils sur le Fils 7:48
VI. Par Lui tout a été fait 11:11
VII. Regard de la Croix 4:14
VIII. Regard des Hauteurs 2:54
IX. Regard du Temps 3:00
X. Regard de l'Esprit de Joie 9:12
XI. Première Communion de la Vierge 8:31
XII. La parole tout-puissante 2:47
XIII. Noël 4:42
XIV. Regard des Anges 5:23
XV. Le baiser de l'Enfant-Jésus 13:34
XVI. Regard des prophètes, des bergers et des Mages 3:28
XVII. Regard de silence 6:00
XVIII. Regard de l'onction terrible 7:03
XIX. Je dors, mais mon cœur veille 10:35
XX. Regard de l'Église d'amour 16:11



MONTREAL CELEBRATES THE PHILOSOPHY
AND THE MUSIC OF OLIVIER MESSIAEN



Born in Avignon, on December 10, 1908, Olivier Messiaen is a shining light among composers of the 20th century. Organist at the Église de la Trinité in Paris, teacher at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and tireless ornithologist, Messiaen humbly spoke of his times through his compositions. He influenced an entire generation of composers, bringing them to grasp the incredible liberties they were being offered. Fascinated by Japan and its traditions, this « ornithologist and rhythmician » as he used to describe himself, transmitted to the musical world a touching cry to length through the importance of its rhythmical value. His famous Treatise of rhythm, colors and ornithology is the silent witness of the monumental task Messiaen undertook. However, what remains is the total amount of his works, colored by the powerful Messiaen signature, this extraordinary sensibility which rooted him to his times, wrapped in an utopian hope that provided him with latitudes only he would dare to envision.

Québec-France collaboration

Undeniable pianist of the international scene and muse to the contemporary world, Louise Bessette is the natural spokeperson for the unique and sensitive musical world of Olivier Messiaen. This is why the idea to pay tribute to the illustrious composer on a large scale presented itself spontaneously. Motivated by the French association Messiaen 2008, whose goal is to coordinate, lenghthen and promote the ensemble of events dedicated to the composer, in France as well as internationally, Louise Bessette imagined a regrouping of artists who would share the same goal for Québec. All she needed then were meetings with the Montreal musical community as a whole. Their enthusiastic answers came pouring in. An exciting and diversified season was built, grouping an impressive number of highly recognized performers as well as young promising artists, therefore honoring the important composer and teacher who was Olivier Messiaen.
Louise Bessette

The work of Olivier Messiaen has always been a part of Louise Bessette’s career. Fascinated by his musical world as she was pursuing her studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, she went to Paris to study with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, the wife of the composer, and devoured her precious teachings. She eventually met Olivier Messiaen on different occasions and was present at the creation of his opera Saint-François d’Assise. Since those days, Louise Bessette has always made a point of playing his works on a regular basis and has managed to impressively enlarge her repertoire of his music. She has recorded many of his pieces, gathering through the years numerous laudatory reviews and prizes, all emphasizing the importance of her musical input and artistic career. « Messiaen found in Louise Bessette a prodigious performer. » (Yves Allaz, Journal de Genève, December 1996). « Like Maestro Messiaen, Louise Bessette is first an ear that enjoys the sensuality of sounds, that adores joy, that meditates with devotion and most importantly, that is always surprised by the beauty of these creations. » (François Tousignant, Le Devoir, October 2000). The public will hear her performing regularly during the fall as she will play such masterpieces as the complete Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus, the Quatuor pour la fin du temps, Des canyons aux étoiles, Sept Haïkaï, Trois petites liturgies de la présence divine, and Oisaux exotiques.

Thanks to this neverending passion that inhabits Louise Bessette in regards to Olivier Messiaen, Automne Messiaen 2008 will celebrate joy and life through the philosophy and the work of a French composer that has done so much to enrich and enlighten the music of the XXth century

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